Diamond Climbs French 5.14c

By Dougald MacDonald ,

The perfect stone of Ceüse, FrancePhoto by Cory French

Shawn Diamond, the 22-year-old who described his long battle with Crohn’s disease in Climbing 242, has redpointed Biographie (8c+/5.14c) at Ceüse, France. Established in 1996, Biographie is the bottom section of Chris Sharma’s route Realization (9a+/5.15a); Biographie ends at anchors partway up a smooth, overhanging wall, and Realization continues up the wall with no rest. When Diamond posted his Biographie ascent to www.8a.nu, he wrote, “Now I go higher.”

In July, Diamond climbed Hasta La Vista (5.14b/c) at Mount Charleston in Nevada.

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